Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2011 11:30 am (UTC)
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Very well said...

I think there are a lot of parallels between how some view rape and how many of the same people view child abuse (of all forms but especially sexual). They don't want to admit that most child abuse is perpetrated by someone known to the victim. In the case of child abuse that's usually a family member, a relative or close friend of the family. Rather than admit this, we as a culture focus on the abuser as the outside threat, the stranger danger, and try to ignore or explain away the larger number of times when the perpetrator is closer to home. This also explains why the reaction to strangers who are a danger is so strong - we're over-compensating. I assume that this is also the case with our reaction as a culture to rape.

Once again we should look to real numbers rather than trusting to instincts. I think that this does happen with child abuse, but rather less so with rape where victim blaming is so much easier.

The other thing that this discussion has once again re-emphasised for me is just how many of the women I know have sexually assaulted in some way - something I find truly horrifying.
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